Business & Economy
5:25 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Non-Profit Poultry Plant Opens in Marion

The Foothills Pilot Plant in western North Carolina
Jeff Tiberii

A first-of-its-kind meat processing center has opened in Western North Carolina. The Foothills Pilot Plant is a non-profit operation designed to help small farmers and impact the local food movement.

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Environment
5:05 am
Wed February 1, 2012

New Planting Map Shows Warmer Winters

The US Department of Agriculture says winters aren't as cold as they used to be in North Carolina. It has released its first new map of planting zones in more than 20 years. Tony Avent is the owner of Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh. He was a technical advisor on the map. He says its detailed, interactive features surpass anything previously available.

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Education
3:10 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Local Universities See Endowment Gains

College and university endowments are growing again. But as Dave DeWitt reports, the gains are not enough yet to cover losses over the last five years.

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State of Things
11:06 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Remembering Mary Duke Biddle

Mary Duke Biddle

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was part of a philanthropic family that got Duke University on its feet, started the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and helped countless others with charity and kindness. She died last week at the age of 91.

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State of Things
10:59 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Inside the Mind of Stephen Hawking

Kitty Ferguson's book, ''An Unfettered Mind''

Stephen Hawking is a giant in the scientific world, despite the fact that Lou Gehrig's disease has severely disabled him, causing him to lose the use of his arms, legs and voice. Hawking is a cosmologist known for his simplified explanations of complicated scientific topics. Author Kitty Ferguson has a new biography out about him called, "Stephen Hawking: An Unfettered Mind" (Palgrave Macmillan/2012). Host Frank Stasio talks to her about her new book.

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State of Things
10:29 am
Tue January 31, 2012

The Postmortal

Drew Margary's novel, ''The Postmortal''

In Drew Magary's debut novel, "The Postmortal" (Penguin/2011), humanity has found a way to cheat death. Barring unfortunate fatal accidents, people can now live forever, but unforeseen consequences can be worse than death.

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Education
6:45 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Mary DBT Semans Remembered at Duke Chapel

Funeral Services for Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans at Duke Chapel.
Duke University

The Duke family and hundreds of their closest friends and supporters filled Duke Chapel yesterday in Durham to say good-bye to Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans.   Duke President Richard Brodhead described Semans as the university’s principal link to Duke’s founding generation.  Leoneda Inge produced this audio postcard from Semans’ funeral.

Music performer:  The Ciompi Quartet

The Rev. Dennis Campbell:  When Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was born Duke University was no more than a twinkle in her great uncle’s eye.”

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Sports
4:00 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Hoop Dreams Realized, Sort Of

Big-time college basketball is a way of life in North Carolina. It brings excitement and millions of dollars to the Triangle, and gives the region much of its identity. But actually playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference is out of reach for everyone but the most elite athletes. Except at UNC-Chapel Hill, where a Junior Varsity basketball team continues to prosper. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity for “regular” students.

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Education
3:10 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Tata Hits Milestone

Tony Tata
WCPSS

Wake Schools Superintendent Tony Tata has been on the job one year today. As Dave DeWitt reports, Tata has overcome a rocky start to earn the respect of former critics.

Dave DeWitt: The former Republican School Board majority hired Tata, and in the hyper-partisan atmosphere of the past several years, that means everything. In his introductory press conference last year, Tata tried to dispel the notion that he was there to do anyone’s bidding.

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Education
9:40 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Program Aims for More Nursing Education

A new nursing program at East Carolina University and four area community colleges aims to train new nurses in their home communities. The goal is to increase the number of nurses with bachelor's degrees - to meet the growing demand for highly-trained clinicians and administrators. Kelly Cleaton is recruiting students for the program. She says qualified applicants will pursue their associate's degrees at their local community college, and eventually get their baccalaureates from ECU.

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